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Welcome back to the GUESTMIX appointment, we’re glad to share with you the 2nd mixed selection out in 2017 on our column. The artist who kindly provided us GUESTMIX#13 is Guido Marziale aka Eks, a Naples-based beatmaker, producer and label manager of his own imprint ‘Subincision Records’, on which he also released Eks’ latest effort called The Lost Tape (EksM Vol.2). The mixtape can be streamed via the mixcloud player here on top; the tracklist is instead reported at the very end of the article. Brace yourselves, since GUESTMIX#13 is one of the craziest pieces of music ever presented on this webzine.
Despite being already member a member of Genital Warts, Radford Electronics and Kuna, we got to know Eks’ work back in early 2015 when Aaron Rumore‘s label Körper / Leib put out the ‘EksM’ C42 tape. Eks’ first proper album, EksM was closer to a coherent stream of beats than to the average random selecta to show off the producer’s skills. To put it in K/L way, “instead of focusing on one or two sonic goals, the songs – after all that’s what they properly are – disperse themselves in a large amount of moods, yet their unity is the whole sound chamber, hazy and in the red“. As stated by Guido himself, oriental meditative sounds played a key role in conceveing its first full-length album, which, combined with his own peculiar beatmaking style much inspired by tape manipulation and cut-up techniques, resulted in an oustanding burst of obscure, crackling and hissing beat / sketches in which you’d happen to hear both hints of classic hip-hop style and musique concrete reminiscences.
‘The Lost Tape’ is the natural continuation of EksM (EksM Vol.2!), short of the fact the releasing label has changed from K/L to Subincision Records. Run by Eks, it is an independent outcome focused on weird music, hardcore and abstract hip hop, as well as noise, free-form music and experimental stuff. ‘Subincision is a tribal extreme practice; we are focused on extreme musical practices‘; the releases by Genital Warts, Sega Sega Sat, A Spirale and Cadaver Eyes (David Opp & Eran Sachs), the other acts / bands appearing on the label’s catalogue, provides a proper measure of these hardcore sounds’ impact on the user’s ears. Finally, Subincision Records is also a diy books, comics, zines and records distro from all over the Europe.
The tracks on ‘The Lost Tape’ have been recorded in different periods of Eks’ past activity, stored on a computer that was violated by some malicious software and later recovered – hence the title. The tape was initially meant to feature 24 tracks, yet only 15 was recovered from the cracked archive (which added up to five other dusted beats from elder releases); most of them were taken at KU Studio (Naples, Italy) using a Tascam microphone, a Roland SP 404, some piezo contact-mics, the aforementioned laptop, some pedals and lots of vinyls / cassette samples, and they have not been edited, mixed or even properly perfected. Yet, EksM Vol.2 works fine as the first EksM tape prosecution and as a standalone record too. None of the 20 tracks is longer than three minutes (except for ‘Balkh’) and most of their titles are composed by one-word only (and lots of ‘Untitled’ too) which are most definitely signs of the producer’s urgencies and spontaneity. Right here below you can find the embedded bandcamp player to listen to the album in its entiret.
Nowadays, it’s quite rare to find artistically valuable hip hop outings coming from Italy, yet we feel Eks and the 2016-born Subincision Records – through their pretty unique iconoclastic blend of dark beats, odd sonic bursts, alien noises – will have their say in the present and future italian underground scene. Come embrace an in-the-making tradition of ear-abuse.
Extra: Guido Marziale is also half of the brand new Cadaver Mike duo together with Stefano Costanzo we had the chance to see performing live at Circolo Dal Verme, Rome. For more infos about KU Studio, click here.
Artwork by ‘189’, graphic project by ‘Gab.’
- Beta Erko – Mekezidek
- John Wiese – Mystical Finland
- Kouhei Matsunaga ft. Sensational – Solid Fat
- Rashad Becker – Themes III
- Sec_ – Return
- Techno Animal ft Sonic Sun – DC-10
- Devilman – Noise Step
- Clipping – Guns Up
- ErikM – Massacre Melodies
- Wolf Eyes – Dead Hills 2
- Florian Hecker – Chimerization
- Beta Erko – The beck of the Net
- Sumach – Track 06
- Spectre ft. Sensational – Pillars Of Smoke
- Bill Orcutt – Onward Christian Soldiers
- C_C – To S_3
- Kouhei Matsunaga – 235
- Wolf Eyes – Wretched Hog
- Genital Warts – No Hop(e)
Born in Brescia, Italy in 1989, after his Master Degree in Engineering for Comm. Technologies & Multimedia he moved to Turin where he currently lives and pursues his PhD. Among his interests: new technologies, music as unbiased form of social/cultural expression, Guy Picciotto.